AND BIRMINGHAM AND BRIDGWATER
Very confusing because Bilbo has come to visit Bilbo ... and he was not offended when comments were made that a nice slim elf would have been welcome too. He could not have arrived at a more interesting time, our normally staid and gentle lives are abandoned for travel and excitement!
On Tuesday, Bilbo recovered from his journey north and spent some time familiarising himself with his base for the next few days. Bag End can be a bit of a jungle and Bilbo is only a little chap ...
Dwarfed by the forest of Swiss Chard, our only edible crop this year (seeds from Mrs Flummery)
Larking around in the log pile
Camouflaged by comfrey
Checking out the Red Squirrel food
"It's a jungle out there!"
On Wednesday he settled into the front seat of Hattie the Honda for a 200 mile journey south and his first visit to Birmingham. He hadn't stayed in a hotel before but was a courteous room-mate and did not snore.
On Thursday he enjoyed the opening day of the Festival of Quilts, the largest quilting and textile event in Europe. No pictures 'cos there were no gardens.
Full of adrenalin he joined the party on Thursday night when we were entertained by Sewali, FatCat and her wonderful Lumberjack. Bilbo was intrigued by Lumberjack's greenhouse full of insectiverous plants and wondered if they were capable of consuming the odd Orc or two?
A quite amazing collection of sarracenia
Bilbo admiring some of the best hanging baskets he'd ever seen.
On Monday he visited the beautiful and often over-looked Cumbrian town of Cockermouth. At the hairdresser he declined a little beard-trimming but perked up at the sight of our wonderful Jennings Brewery, and - with apologies to Matron - decreed that Sneck Lifter was one of the finest brews in the land (as confirmed at the Brewing Industry International Awards in Munich).
He was very impressed with the walled garden at the Wordsworth House although we had to explain it was the wrong time of year for a Host of Golden Daffodils.
Bilbo is running off to sneak a look at the river, click on picture to enlarge, the garden is beautiful at this time of year
Not content with a 400 mile round trip to Birmingham, late on Monday afternoon Bilbo jumped back in the car and snoozed all the way to Bridgwater in Somerset where BilboWaggins and Management spent a short while helping Management's Mum get her house ready to sell. It only has a small garden which is very low maintenance and the heather is looking splendid.
Bilbo is now COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED. He thought he was coming to the Lake District for a relaxing break but has travelled an additional 1,100 miles by car. He'd like to continue his world tour but with someone who is not going to wear out his poor little legs!